Patriot Kelsey Werre commits to play soccer for Gonzaga U.

March 6, 2009

By Jim Feehan

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When Kelsey Werre injured her right knee 10 months ago during a soccer game, she thought her playing days were over.

Kelsey Werre, a senior midfielder, playing her final game for Liberty High School Nov. 4 against Sammamish.  By Greg Farrar

Kelsey Werre, a senior midfielder, playing her final game for Liberty High School Nov. 4 against Sammamish. By Greg Farrar

The Liberty High School player had made a verbal commitment in November 2007 to play for Gonzaga University, and she feared her scholarship would be rescinded. She soon got a phone call from Shannon Stiles, the head coach of the Gonzaga soccer team.

“She said, ‘You get better and come give your heart and soul for us at Gonzaga,’” Werre said. “She went on to say, ‘We’re going to honor your full ride.’”

Werre injured her knee playing for her club sport team, Washington Premier FC. She was initially told she had a dislocated kneecap, but a subsequent MRI revealed she had torn her anterior cruciate ligament. The injury would prevent her from playing most of her senior year. She came back to play the last three regular season games, including scoring an assist in a 2-1 victory against Bellevue.

“That was so rewarding, because we hadn’t beaten Bellevue in years,” she said.

Werre made second-team All KingCo 3A her junior year. She had earned honorable mention recognition her freshman and sophomore years.

“I can’t say enough good things about Kelsey,” said Darren Tremblay, head coach of the Liberty girls soccer team. “She’s just a top-notch player. She has all the tools to succeed at the next level with her character, work ethic and drive.”

Werre has also been a great leader on the team and a mentor to some of the younger players; she’s also a coachable player who doesn’t become frustrated when a teammate doesn’t pass her the ball, he said.

In addition to playing soccer, Werre is a standout sprinter on the track team. She plans to participate in the 100-yard run, the 200-yard run and both relays. The season starts this month. Her sophomore year, she placed sixth at the state meet in the 200-yard run with a personal best time of 25.68 seconds. 

But soccer remains her first love.

At 7, she began playing at Soccer Club of Renton East, a youth soccer club dedicated to teaching boys and girls the fundamentals of the game. 

“I like the competitiveness of soccer,” she said. “I love soccer so much and I’m looking forward to playing for a Division 1 college team. I really didn’t want to stop playing.”

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